Wars And Rumours Of Wars Before The End Times: Could an EMP attack be a part of the End Times?

At this very moment the whole population of the USA is in mental turmoil regarding North Korea’s threats of nuclear missiles that could be aimed at USA. They are all distressed with the dangerous rhetoric being exchanged between the American President, and the leader of North Korea.  What might be the outcome of this dangerous situation?

Just prior to Christ’s return to heaven, his disciples asked Him a leading question. In part of  His response to the disciples’ question, which was “Tell us what will be the sign of your (Second) coming and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3), Jesus responded, “And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars” (Matthew 24:6).

Jesus also said in Matthew 24:22.

New International Version
“If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.

Because of Jesus’ words in this passage, whenever there is an explosion of conflict, especially in the vicinity of Israel, many people begin to wonder if the new war is appearing which is the  sign of the end times. If only people would read the rest of Matthew 24:6.

An EMP bomb would be a nuclear or hydrogen bomb dropped from several thousand feet and configured to explode several thousand feet above a target

Without delving too deeply into the actual science, ectromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack would essentially fry electric circuits and knock out electricity in the widely affected area. Depending on how wide and for how long an area loses electricity, the effects of an EMP attack could be devastating. So much of the world relies upon electricity. Communications, banking, and transportation would be severely impacted.

The Bible does not specifically predict an EMP attack in the end times. Questions concerning an EMP attack in the end times are similar to questions concerning a nuclear attack in the end times. Does Biblical End Times prophecy allow for it? Yes. Does Biblical End Times prophecy explicitly predict it? No. The Bible predicts war in the end times, and another world war is definitely possible. However, the Bible does not predict any specific modern weapons that will be used in the End times conflicts.

If EMP attacks were launched worldwide, rendering all technology useless, the world would essentially revert to a state comparable to that of 2,000 years ago. This would mean that the Biblical references to swords, horses, etc, in the end times wars could be understood literally (Isaiah 2:4Ezekiel 38:15Revelation 14:20). But this is speculation. Most interpreters of Bible prophecy believe the Word of God is simply describing the End Times wars figuratively, using terminology familiar to the people who lived at the time the prophecies were written.

So, could an EMP attack be a part of the End Times? Definitely. Does the Bible explicitly predict that an electromagnetic pulse will return the world to the Dark Ages during the end times? No.

Detonating a thermonuclear warhead 400km above Washington would instantly fry most of the nation’s power grid  and electronics. The idea is not about melting a city, setting enormous fires and irradiating vast tracks of terrain .It’s about eliminating a nation’s entire infrastructure in a single flash. There’s little surprise that North Korean state media has been lauding and testing the power of Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP).

This is where the gamma radiation of a high-altitude nuclear blast interacts with the ionosphere — a blanket of electrons and electrically charged particles surrounding the Earth  to send a series of electromagnetic pulses spearing into the ground below. Once this burst of radiation strikes the ground it can induce strong currents  particularly in electrical cables and phone lines. This can overload and destroy electrical networks, as well as cause delicate circuit boards to fuse. An entire economy can be brought to a standstill in nanoseconds. In the words of former director of the CIA, James Woolsey, it would bring the United States “to a cold, dark halt”.

Electric Warfare

It’s an effect similar to that of Earth being struck by a serious solar storm, or  on a much smaller scale  when lightning causes a surge in a power grid. North Korea’s state news agency recently commented on just such a tactic. It follows a series of similar observations about the power of EMP in July 2017. The latest statement boasts North Korea’s new bomb “is a multifunctional thermonuclear nuke with great destructive power which can be detonated even at high altitudes for super-powerful EMP attack.”

It’s a use clearly on Kim Jong-un’s mind. But it’s not an attack without human cost. It would bring “widespread and long lasting disruption and damage to the critical infrastructures that underpin the fabric of US society,” a 2008 US Congress report warns. The last time anything on this scale happened was in 1859 when the world was just beginning to discover the use of electrical technologies. The EMP from an enormous solar storm overloaded the simple telegraph wires then in use to transmit morse code, setting the paper telegrams at their terminals on fire.  Things would be infinitely far worse today. “Two thirds of the US population would likely perish from starvation, disease, and societal breakdown,” Woolsey warned US Congress in 2014. “Other experts estimate the likely loss to be closer to 90 per cent.”

Infrastructure Eliminated

Hospitals would be without power. Essential services — electricity, gas, water, sewage, communications — would all be offline. Emergency services would be unable to respond. Food production and distribution networks would collapse. Computers. Smart phones. Car ignitions. Pacemakers. Any form of delicate electronics within the pulse’s effective range would cease to function. But the greatest damage would be to the power grid itself. Power stations and network transformers would be burnt out. And the effect of a high-altitude EMP burst would not be localised.

1.4 megaton US hydrogen bomb detonated 500km above the Pacific in 1962 caused lights to flare-out in Honolulu, more than 2000km away. It also knocked-out eight satellites. A weapon of the magnitude tested by North Korea if well positioned  burn out the power grid of a large part of the mainland United States. Repairing the damage would take years. And delivering such an attack would actually be much easier for Kim Jong-un’s hermit state.

A Deadly Easy Option

Such a high-altitude thermonuclear attack does not require the technical skills necessary to enable a warhead to survive re-entry to the Earth’s atmosphere, cope with the heat of enormous speeds — and still hit its specific target. Perhaps this is why the devastating power of EMP attack has again appeared in North Korean propaganda broadcasts. “I can exploit it in high-altitude areas for strategic purposes and (inflict) EMP attacks on vast areas,” Kim Jong-un declared back in July. In 2015, North Korean propaganda boasted it could destroy all electronic devices in South Korea and Japan by detonating a 100 kiloton bomb 100km above Seoul. “If we lower the altitude to 60-70km, we can make the EMP effect only the southern part of the Korean Peninsula,” it declared. “(EMP) can neutralize all advanced electronic guided weapons and destroy aircraft carrier fleet at once”. The warhead it tested yesterday is estimated to be in the vicinity of 50 to 120 kilotons. But such an attack would not give Kim Jong-un a victory.

A Mad World

The nuclear arsenals of the United States are hardened against such a pulse. It’s also one of the reasons so much effort and money is invested on near-invisible and widely dispersed ballistic missile submarines. The instant a North Korean ICBM was detected to be on a trajectory capable of delivering such a high-altitude blow, a retaliatory firestorm of nuclear warheads would almost certainly be unleashed on North Korea itself. Such is the grim nature of Mutually Assured Destruction the Cold War philosophy, that compelled cool minds to avert the catastrophe that could have resulted from the likes of the 1960s Cuban missile crisis.

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A Glorious Transformation Coming Soon

Zechariah 12:7-8

8 In that day the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the LORD before them.  NKJV

His identification is verified in this instance because when Israel looks upon Him in verse 10, they recognize Him as  Yeshua i.e. the One who was once pierced at Calvary. Did Jesus then say to Israel Matthew 23:39.

39 for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!'”  NKJV

What time or occasion could be more timely or appropriate  for Israel as a nation to repent and say ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!‘” This could be the very time that Israel as a nation goes into a time of deepest repentance and mourning concerning Yeshua who has just delivered  Israel from seriously threatened destruction. It could also be the time of her acceptance of  Yeshua as her Messiah.  I believe that following this timely appearance, Yeshua will remain in the midst of Jerusalem.

Joel 2:27-32

27 Then you will know that I am here among my people of Israel and that I alone am the LORD your God. My people will never again be disgraced like this.

28 “Then after I have poured out my rains again, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions.

29 In those days, I will pour out my Spirit even on servants, men and women alike.

30 “I will cause wonders in the heavens and on the earth — blood and fire and pillars of smoke.

31 The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon will turn bloodred before that great and terrible day of the LORD arrives.

32 And anyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved. There will be people on Mount Zion in Jerusalem who escape, just as the LORD has said. These will be among the survivors whom the LORD has called. NLT

 Zechariah 8:3

3 “Thus says the LORD:’I will return to Zion, And dwell in the midst of Jerusalem.  Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, The Mountain of the LORD of hosts, The Holy Mountain.’ NKJV

 

 The Coming Transformation:

The fulfillment of this amazing prophecy in Zechariah 12 will initiate  tremendous changes throughout the whole world. The transformation will initially be a spiritual one but the immediate repercussions will be military, religious, social and political. Glorious transformations will occur in the aftermath of Holy Spirit outpourings firstly on Israel (Zechariah 12:10) afterwards upon all flesh (Joel 2:28).

  1. The Messianic Transformation Of  Israel.  Zech 12:10, Rev 6 etc, Israel will become a Messianic nation symbolized by the 144,000 in Revelation 7. They will comprise an army of servants of God that together with Messianic Gentile believers will bear faithful witness of the kingdom.
  2. Transformed Spiritual Atmosphere around the world of awe and wonder. The change in the heavens will transmit to the earth changing the conscious awareness of the nations. Every nation will become conscious of the God of the universe.
  3. A Transformation Of The Church. Joel 2:28 Spirit on all flesh, Acts 3:21, God’s presence in the midst (centre) of Israel (Joel 2:27) will precede the promised outpouring of the Spirit on all flesh. The proclamation and harvesting of the kingdom of God will increase exponentially.
  4. Transition Of The Church Into Kingdom Mode. Luke 12:3232 “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom NKJV The universal Church will be transformed inwardly and outwardly. It will be unrecognizable to the traditional Church of this present era.
  5. World Wide Influx Of Muslim, Hindus Etc become believers in Messiah. Powerful shockwaves will reverberate around the religious world as multitudes of former adherents from all false religions accede to a new revelation of Jehovah God and His Messiah.
  6. A Kingdom Witness Around The World. Matt 24:14. The Gospel of the Kingdom will be proclaimed powerfully around the entire earth with amazing supernatural results.

I believe that this is a message from God to His Church universal and to all nations on earth. It is a subject that should be closely examined by every Church and every Christian. I would challenge every preacher who reads this article to preach on it, either to urge people to pray for Israel or to deny its validity,  relevance and importance. One way or another, make a firm decision about this. Whilst certainly not wanting to suggest any time lines for the immediate future, I do feel that we are much closer to radical times than we have ever realized. Events may well become accelerated and the future that has always seemed eons away may actually be now on the proverbial doorstep. The sudden emergence of the earthly Kingdom of God could eventuate much sooner than we have anticipated and we need to be actively conscious of this possibility.

The Throne Of David

The King of this illustrious Kingdom will occupy the throne of  David in Jerusalem. The Angel Gabriel made two promises to Mary. First – she would be the mother of a Holy Child. Secondly – this child would one day sit on the throne of His father David. The first promise has already been fulfilled. The second remains to be fulfilled. It will be fulfilled soon, because the God of  Israel by His only begotten Son Jesus, has started to bring His First-born son Israel back to the Promised Land of Israel. The people of Israel, the land of  Israel, the nation of Israel and the city of Jerusalem, are being prepared for the Coming of the Lord.

“Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”  (Luke 1:26-33 NKJV)

Should Christians Support Israel?

Let’s debunk seven of their most popular myths for why Christians should not support the nation of Israel.

Myth #1: “The Jews killed Jesus!”

Those who accuse the Jews of killing Jesus seem to have purposefully forgotten that the Bible says, “Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus”(Acts 4:27-28).

So, not only did both Jews and Gentiles participate in murdering Jesus, but in truth, we are all sinners, and therefore all of us are responsible for Jesus dying on the cross. But, reality check, Jesus Himself clearly stated that He alone laid down His life, and that no one took it from Him (John 10:15-18).

Myth #2: “The Jews have been disinherited because of their unbelief.”

The Jews may have been evicted from their land — twice — due to their rebellion against God. But, as Psalm 105 explains, God guaranteed in His Abrahamic Covenant that the land of Israel unconditionally and forever belongs to the children of Jacob. And, as the Apostle Paul argued in Romans 9-11, “Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself… Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all!”

And so, no, God has neither disinherited the Jewish people nor revoked His land covenants.

Myth #3: “The Church has replaced Israel and now receives her inheritance.”

Not according to the Apostle Paul! He tells the story of an olive tree whose branches were pruned off due to unbelief, and wild vines grafted on (Romans 11). But, when the natural branches began believing again, they would be grafted back on the tree. Salvation may have come to the wild olive vines — the Church — but God still has salvation planned for the natural branches — a believing Israel who will call Jesus Savior.

Myth #4: “The Jews regathering back to the land of Israel can’t be from God because they haven’t repented and accepted Jesus as their Messiah.”

The Jews returning to Israel in unbelief is exactly what God foretold would happen. Isaiah prophesied the Jews would be regathered a second time from the nations of the world, and Ezekiel made it clear that the Jews would regather in unbelief in order for God Himself to give them a new heart towards Him (Isaiah 11:10-12; Ezekiel 36:22-28). It’s no accident of history that a people dispossessed from their country for 1,900 years could ever have kept their ethnic identity and rebirthed their nation two millennia later. Such a thing has never happened! And this is the nation of the Bible we’re talking about. Therefore, the regathering of the Jews can only be a miracle from God.

Myth #5: “To support Israel is to support every action of the Israeli government.”

Nobody supports every action of any government, even their own. Supporting Israel is to support the redemptive work God is doing in bringing a remnant of their people to salvation in Christ and ultimately into the fulfilment of His covenants.

Myth #6: “The Jews stole the Palestinians’ land and live there illegally.”

First off, the Abrahamic Covenant grants the Jews the eternal deed to the land of Israel. Second, when the Jews began returning in the early 20th Century, there was no such thing as a Palestinian. The handful of Arabs living in that wasteland sold the land back to the Jews at exorbitant prices. And third, Israel was created legally in response to a United Nations declaration passed in November 1947, which authorized the establishment of a Jewish state in the land the Romans had renamed Palestine. You can’t steal land that’s already legally yours!

Myth #7: “To support Israel is to hate the Palestinian people.”

Contrary to Arab propaganda, those who call themselves Palestinians enjoy more freedoms and rights in Israel than if they lived in any Muslim nation. For it’s not the Jews who hate and abuse the Palestinians, but their own terrorist leaders who steal billions of their foreign aid and deny refugees access back to their own home countries of Syria and Jordan. Why, the Palestinians have been afforded several opportunities since 1948 to create another Palestinian state besides Jordan, but each time they have rejected those offers and instead responded with violence. Why? Because their ultimate goal is the annihilation of Israel. So, who exactly is hating who here?

With those myths busted, let’s look at some of the reasons why Christians should support Israel:

1. Democracy

The nation of Israel is the only Western-style democracy in a sea of Islamic tyranny. Supporting Israel is to support the only nation in the Middle East which offers religious freedom and human rights to women.

2. Defense

Israel protects the West and Christianity by standing as the first line of defense against violent, radical Islam.

3. Economics

Israel contributes to the world a mind-boggling amount of food, medicines, and cutting-edge technologies that raise the standard of living throughout the world.

4. Blessing

When it comes to supporting the nation of Israel, God promised in Genesis 12, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you…” Supporting Israel incurs God’s blessing.

5. Biblical

It rather goes without saying that it is biblically correct for Christians to support God. Since God loves the Jewish people and wants them to return to Him, then shouldn’t Christians want this as well? Loving Israel expresses our love for God.

6. Prophetic

And finally, whether you love or hate the nation of Israel, or even the Jewish people, regardless of what we mere mortals think — Bible prophecy will be fulfilled. God’s will will be done, and there’s just no stopping it. After all, who could ever stand against the Living God and expect to win (Psalm 76:7; Hebrews 10:31)?

So, in conclusion, it’s not “Should Christians really support Israel?” but rather — Christians must support Israel!

Will Islam Attack Israel?

At this moment the whole world is in a state of complete disarray so severe that only Divine intervention could rescue it from total ending. Fortunately God has foreseen this End Time confusion and has prepared and predicted His program in the Bible. Zechariah portrays this amazing plan in chapter twelve.

 Zechariah 12:3 (NLT)  Jerusalem will be attacked with the intention of  capturing Israel and transforming it into an Islamic capital. But God has an alternative plan!
 On that day I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock. All the nations will gather against it to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves. 


1.     This attack will be convincingly defeated as the Angel of the Lord who achieves an amazing, supernatural victory for Israel. God will also equip the citizens of Israel making them as the Angel of the Lord who goes into battle before His ancient covenant people. They will actually become like God Himself and will bring His Divine power against their enemies.

 2.     Immediately after this amazing victory, the people of Israel will discover that it was their promised Messiah who has won this supernatural victory. When they recognize this amazing reality the whole nation will begin to repent, bowing low before Him and acknowledging that He is the Only Begotten Son of God. As such they will gladly receive Him as their LORD. The whole nation will undergo astounding spiritual transformation. (Zechariah 13:1)

 Zechariah 12:8-10 (NLT) 
 On that day the LORD will defend the people of Jerusalem; the weakest among them will be as mighty as King David! And the royal descendants will be like God, like the angel of the LORD who goes before them!
 For on that day I will begin to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
10  “Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son.

The whole world is currently under enormous stress and severe tension concerning the extremely uncertain future. So many threats are being made by nations that obviously possess powerful weapons of potential massive destruction. Iran for instance already has sufficient weapons to annihilate millions of people both in Israel,  and numerous other parts of the world. The most serious of these threats are coming from Islamic countries that are enthralled by their belief that their Mahdi (Islamic Messiah) will soon appear with the determined  objective of ruling the whole world.  Iran, China and North Korea are   nations which also threaten world peace.  Only the Bible accurately predicts what the prophetic future holds for all humanity. However the world is currently in extreme  confusion, regarding the immediate future. Several nations are predicting a massive war that will affect the whole world. Although greatly despised, the Bible is the only source of reliable information concerning the End Times and the great battle predicted.  One prophetic thing that will certainly happen will be an Islamic attack on Israel that will be finally defeated by the Lord of  Heaven’s armies that is foretold in Zechariah 12.

 Islam is a two headed monster. The first head is  religious, by which it seeks to be known to the world. It  actually seeks to be known as a religion of peace. However, the second head is political and military and is determined to conquer and rule the whole world by this means. The method by which Almighty God will break the power of Islam and end its bid to rule the world, is therefore by supernatural power and also by spiritual transformation. This is vividly illustrated in Zechariah 12, when God will first defeat and destroy the Islamic armies, and then pour out His Holy Spirit, first on Israel and then on all flesh. Islam is presently preparing to launch the attack on Israel predicted in Zechariah 12.

 This  message is meant to be a positive penetrative look into the world’s prophetic future from a Biblical perspective, and an attempt to  discern what may happen in the very near future. It essentially concerns the prophetic destiny of Israel, Judaism, and   Christianity, plus the whole world. You may entirely disagree with this yet unprovable position, but I ask you to prayerfully search and diligently examine  the scriptures involved.  Only time will tell the accuracy or otherwise of this particular article. Either way it would be better to prayerfully prepare unnecessarily, than not to prepare at all.  The article clearly differs from the popular traditional Christian perspective of a pre Tribulation Rapture and suggests a very different possibility. I submit in this message  that Jesus will initially return to the Jews in Jerusalem, but what does the Bible actually say?

Israel’s Victory

There are presently numerous ideas about how Christ may return to earth. Strangely, the apparently most popular one has been called the “Post Tribulation Rapture”. I say strangely, because in this particular version, Christ does not return to earth. He actually descends to the clouds and the saints would rise to meet Him in the air. So when will He actually return to the earth and where one earth will He return to?  In this brief article I am sharing my own expectation of when, and where He will actually return to. Obviously my belief is based on numerous scriptures, but these are not the scriptures that most people base their belief on concerning Christ’s return. I humbly invite you to read the article that includes the scriptures I have quoted, and share with me the feasibility of my anticipation of what may soon happen. The theme I suggest is that an attack on Israel in the End Times, by Islamic forces will be powerfully defeated by God. After this amazing victory God will pour out His Spirit on Israel which will cause Israel to embrace their Messiah through national repentance and prayer. Most commentators on Psalm 83, predict that after the victory that God obtains for Israel, the next major event that would happen would be the war described in Ezekiel 38 and 39. However in this prophecy, Israel is described as a nation without walls (defenses).

 Ezekiel 38:10-12 (NLT) 
11  You will say, ‘Israel is an unprotected land filled with unwalled villages! I will march against her and destroy these people who live in such confidence!

 Obviously this is NOT a description of Israel at this present time but it will be after the victory that Israel wins after Zechariah 12:10.

 There are many scriptures in the Bible that predict the eternal existence of Israel in the purposes of God. No nation on earth will ever conquer this city that God has so frequently declared as “His city” eternally. In the eternal ages is will remain as His from where the Messiah and His Saints will reign over all nations on earth forever.

Isaiah 45:17 (NLT) 
17  But the LORD will save the people of Israel with eternal salvation. Throughout everlasting ages, they will never again be humiliated and disgraced.

What in the World is Going On?

Hurricane Harvey drops 33 trillion gallons of rainfall drop on the U.S. Experts say the floods are a once-in-1,000-years event. Now Hurricane Irma is bearing down on Florida. 185 mile-per-hour winds. Experts say the devastation could be “catastrophic.”

At the same time, Mexico experiences the worst earthquake in a century. Record-breaking floods are devastating Asia. Half of Bangladesh is underwater. 100,000 homes are destroyed. Forty million people face severe and potentially life-threatening food and water shortages. Russia is preparing to mass upwards of 100,000 troops on the borders of three NATO countries for a massive series of war games some fear is the prelude to war. The genocidal slaughter continues in Syria. Terror attacks around the globe. North Korea threatens to nuke the United States, then tests a hydrogen bomb and long-range ballistic missiles. And tensions over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem spike and then settle, and then spike again.

People have all kinds of theories as to what is happening, but the answer is quite straightforward — God is trying to get our attention.

These events are not random. The God of the Bible is allowing these events to shake us, to wake us, to get our attention, that we might turn to Him and ask Him to have mercy on us and help us.

The Lord said through the ancient Hebrew Prophet Haggai that He would shake the nations in the last days. “For thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land. I will shake all the nations….I am going to shake the heavens and the earth. I will overthrow the thrones of kingdoms and destroy the power of the kingdoms of the nations.” (Haggai 2:6, 7, 21, 22)

In the New Testament, the Lord reinforced that theme. “See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven. And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, ‘Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven’….Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:25-29)

The Scriptures are clear: the Lord shakes individuals and nations that we might let go of all of the flawed political, philosophical, intellectual and religions notions that we cling to that won’t give us true peace, that don’t give us real hope, that can’t bring us any security, that can’t provide forgiveness from our sins much less eternal life for our souls. The God of the Bible wants to shake us loose of such things that we might turn to Him, and to the life He offers through faith in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord isn’t letting America and other nations be shaken because He hates us. He’s letting us be shaken precisely because He loves us and wants us to repent and turn to Him and call out to Him, as individuals, as families, as leaders, and as entire nations.

This is a 2 Chronicles 7:14 moment, for the Church, for America, for Israel, for everyone. “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 

May we humble ourselves and seek the Lord while He still may be found.

Iran is Coming Closer to Israel

Amongst all the things that  are  currently happening around the world, I believe that the attack predicted in Zechariah 12 might well be the next huge event to happen. Zechariah  12 clearly predicts that in the End Times, a powerful Islamic attack will be launched against Israel with the intention of completely destroying Israel, as a giant essential step toward the ultimate Islamic domination of the entire world. However, the prophecy of this attack, also includes a clear description of what Yahweh, the God of the Bible, will do in response to this attack. It is predicted that God will personally intervene to defend and rescue Israel.  It is also predicted that in the aftermath of this  supernatural victory, God will reveal Himself to the citizens of Israel.  All the citizens of Israel, while  gazing on the One who has achieved this amazing victory will recognise the supernatural hero as the Holy One of Israel in the person of the “Angel of the Lord”  who is in fact the eternal Lord God. This amazing climatic event is vividly in verses 9 and 10 of Zechariah in which, immediately following the miraculous victory, God will pour out His Holy Spirit on the entire  nation.  The people of Israel, after witnessing the astounding victory, and recognising their deliverer will mourn over Him with mourning appropriate for the death of an only Son. We see too how God will open a great fountain for cleansing of the entire nation. (Zech 13:1) (The following item has been posted by  a very reliable news agency).

The Islamic Republic of Iran seems to be working overtime to increase its influence in the Gaza Strip on Israel’s southern border and in Syria and Lebanon in the north.

It’s not as if much has changed; rather, the rabid hatred of the Jewish state by Islamists appears to be reshaping what has been brewing below the surface for decades.

The passage of the Iranian nuclear deal in July 2015, supported and promoted by former U.S. President Barack Obama and his administration, provided Iran with a financial windfall that has greatly benefitted the terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon, President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal regime in Syria and Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas fell out of favor with Iran temporarily when it threw its support behind “rebel groups” opposing Assad’s regime. When Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal moved his base from Damascus to Qatar in 2012, the rift with Iran widened.

That relationship has been revitalized, according to Gaza-based Hamas chief Yahya (Yehiyeh) Sinwar, who replaced Ismail Haniyeh when he filled Meshaal’s position after he stepped down last year.

Earlier this week, Sinwar announced that Hamas has renewed its formerly close ties with Iran, again enjoying all the benefits that entails. Before the rift, Iran had trained, armed and financed the Gaza-based arm of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Sinwar told journalists the relationship with its “largest backer financially and militarily” has been restored to its former glory, saying today it is once again “very excellent,” AP reported after the press briefing.

Iran has been very upfront about its desire to erase the Jewish state, an ideology it shares with its proxies.

Israeli government and military leaders are keenly aware of the security threat posed by increasing Iranian presence in Syria, Lebanon and Gaza.

The Netanyahu government’s most challenging task will be to convince leaders in the West, including Washington, that this is no time for faint-hearted responses to an existential threat. 

The Imminent Prophetic Future

The following  message is meant to be a sensitive penetrative look into the world’s prophetic future from a Biblical prospective, and an attempt to  discern what may happen in the very near future. It essentially concerns the prophetic destiny of Israel, Judaism, and   Christianity, plus the whole world. You may entirely disagree with this yet unprovable position, but I ask you to prayerfully search and diligently examine  the scriptures involved.  Only time will tell the accuracy or otherwise of this particular article. Either way it would be better to prayerfully prepare unnecessarily, than not to prepare at all.  The article clearly differs from the traditional Christian perspective of a pre Tribulation Rapture and suggests a very different possibility. I submit in this message  that Jesus would initially return to the Jews in Jerusalem, but what does the Bible actually say?

Islam is not merely a religion. In  every way it is unlike every religion on earth. It is  actually a political power which fanatically believes and ardently seeks for total world domination. As such it uses weapons and strategies of war in addition to its religious ideas that seeks total dominance  over all the nations on earth. Therefore to thwart its fanatical ambitions will require  both military power and spiritual  conversion. I wonder how many Christians and particularly Christian leaders, realize how  extremely serious and imminent the present situation is in the world today? Do they truly understand the tremendous forthcoming threat that Islam is to the population of the whole world? Do they fully understand that the threat which  is constantly reiterated by the rulers of Islam is not an empty one, but is actually already in the process of imminent fulfillment? Islamic growth is spreading rapidly in the Middle East and also throughout Europe and America. It’s obvious influence is suddenly appearing throughout much of the world.    How many Christians realize that Islam is not merely a religion and certainly not a religion of peace as Islam would has us believe?  If the Church worldwide does not quickly wake up to the fearful imminent danger of Islam, the whole world could be overthrown into an horrific  reign of terror. Does Zechariah 12 say that God will use both military power and spiritual conversion to powerfully overcome the threat of Islam?  In the early verses it describes an attack on Israel by all the nations. The chapter then goes on to describe a supremely powerful victory achieved for Israel led by the Angel of the Lord. Zechariah declares that God will destroy all the armies that  launch the attack.

There presently appears to be no nation on earth that has the will and determination to stop the threat of Islam. No earthly power seems to even recognize the ultimate reality of its threat or its  stubborn intention to  ultimately conquer the whole world. The persistent expansion of Islam  is  insidiously spreading in the most unlikely places on earth.  Perhaps Canada is one very clear example of this. Until very recently Canada appeared to be a bastion of  Western freedom, but with the change of her Prime Minister,  the country has apparently changed completely in its  attitude to Islam  and is now in complete favour of accepting huge numbers of so called refugees with Islamic beliefs.  Sadly the USA has also been transformed by Obama from a nation that was the leader of the free world, into a country that is riddled with ISIS training camps that are dedicated to the overthrow of political freedom replacing it with Islamic government and Sharia law. So many Churches and Christians in the Western world are acting as though all is well with the world and there is nothing to fear or to specially prepare for in the future. Their Church programs and activities are no different now than they have been for the past 100 years. Although horrific things are transpiring in the Middle East and are beginning to happen in numerous places in the rest of the world, no serious alarm is being sounded in the Western world and little is changing there. I fervently wish that someone would blow a powerful  trumpet blast that would awaken the West to the imminent danger that is presently threatening the world. It is a danger that only God is capable of defusing and conquering. Suddenly it seems very apparent that only a direct powerful intervention of Almighty God can turn the tide of this disastrous situation to solve both the political and religious intentions of Islam. This is precisely what God intends to do according to Zechariah 12, Psalm 83 and various other  Biblical prophesies. In the initial verses of Zechariah 12 is predicted a fierce attack that will be launched on Israel in the Last Days in order to demolish and completely conquer  Israel. Following this is described a powerful victory in which Israel experiences a supernatural victory that will also totally humiliate the Islamic armies. (Zech 12, Psalm 83)

 

The amazing nature of this victory will prove to all the world that Jehovah God has a remarkable relationship with Israel which He will defend against any and all adversaries.  In addition to the effect the victory will have will be the unavoidable realization that the victory was achieved only because of this unique relationship that the almighty God has forged with Israel.  This relationship will convince all Muslims that Yahweh, the God of the Bible is the true creator of the universe and Saviour of all who trust in Him.  This realization will bring a multitude of Muslims into a living relationship with Yahweh.

Israel’s Prophetic Future

Around the world today, even including amongst many Bible believers, there are very few people with a positive view concerning Israel’s  prophetic future  When they consider the present circumstances in the Middle East, there is very little reason to believe in anything but doom and gloom, with regard to the future of Israel. So few nations are predicting anything positive for Israel in the near future  and years to come. This dark gloom is not derived through studying the Bible, for God has a thrilling and glorious view not only for the immediate future but for eternity.  It is certainly an opportune time to read and study the prophets of the Bible. These prophets have given remarkable predictions that have already been happened in great detail. We may be sure that there are many Bible prophecies that will be fulfilled soon with amazing and even supernatural details. Please let me bring to your attention to just two of the many prophecies yet to be fulfilled.  The reference to the Lord’s house becoming the most important place on the planet is truly remarkable. Far more important than London, Rome, New York or Paris will be Jerusalem on the mountain of the Lord.

Isaiah 2:2-3 (NLT) 
 In the last days, the mountain of the LORD’s house will be the highest of all— the most important place on earth. It will be raised above the other hills, and people from all over the world will stream there to worship.
 People from many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of Jacob’s God. There he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths.” For the LORD’s teaching will go out from Zion; his word will go out from Jerusalem.

Isaiah 45:16-19 (KJV) 
16  They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols.
17  But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. 
18 
 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
19  I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.

 If you happen to read this brief message, and you have not yet  realised how close we may be to the fulfilment of these peophesies, let me urge you to immediately study the predictions that God makes through His prophet Isaiah, and various other Bible prophets.  It is becoming increasingly more urgent every day that we fully realise that an abundance of  events around the world are currently fulfilling many Biblical signs which tell us that the Last Days are surely upon us. The fulfilment of many powerful signs, some predicted by Jesus Himself, are being fulfilled right now.  In the words of scripture, “Let us look up” for the time of prophetic fulfilment is already upon use.  We are literally entering the Last Days predicted by the prophets.

A Different Perspective on the Second Coming

Amongst those Christians who sincerely believe in the Second Coming of Christ the Messiah, the majority actually believe that the Rapture, (Catching away to the clouds, (1 Thessalonians 4:17) will constitute the Second Coming. This brief article presents another possibility that is Biblically worthy of consideration. If the expected rapture does happen, that would be wonderful for all Christians, but if there is any other manner in which Messiah’s return might happen it will be a good thing to prepare for such an alternative.

Although the Second Coming of the Messiah to establish His Kingdom in the “Last Days” is declared throughout the Bible, very few Christians today show much interest in what is commonly called “The Second Coming” of Christ the Messiah. The ones that do show any interest usually view it as a dim and distant possibility without any serious link to present reality. Various theologians have long ago developed a list of ideas and concepts about how it may possibly eventuate. Most of these ideas favor the idea of a Rapture that will spirit all Christians away to the safety of heaven, whilst all those who remain on earth, especially the Jews, will endure another horrific holocaust commonly called The Great Tribulation.” All of the popular ideas concerning what the Bible calls the “Last days” hold out little hope for Israel, except a devastating and disastrous time of suffering and death. Let me admit that I too believe in the Great Tribulation. However, I personally believe that this dramatic period will actually be one in which Israel will be powerfully and positively used by God to demonstrate the sensational and glorious events that will  elevate Israel, and clearly reveal to all nations, the special favor of God on the nation that He has so often declared to be His special people. I personally believe that these verses have vital relationship to the Messiah’s Return.

When any Christians do think about the Second Coming they are usually thinking about the so called Rapture, when Jesus will appear in the clouds and draw all believers up to meet Him in the air. But this cannot be the Second Coming to earth because at that time Christ’s destination will not be the earth but the clouds (1 Thessalonians 4:17). However, Jesus will ultimately return to the earth and this will be the Second Coming. Zechariah 1:16 refers explicitly to God’s return to earth.

is God’s Ultimate Plan For Israel Described In Zechariah 1:14-17

14 Then the angel said to me, “Shout this message for all to hear: ‘This is what the LORD Almighty (Sabaoth) says: My love for Jerusalem and Mount Zion is passionate and strong.

15 But I am very angry with the other nations that enjoy peace and security. I was only a little angry with my people, but the nations punished them far beyond my intentions.

16 ” ‘Therefore, this is what the LORD says: I have returned to show mercy to Jerusalem. My Temple will be rebuilt, says the LORD Almighty, and plans will be made for the reconstruction of Jerusalem.’

7 Say this also: ‘This is what the LORD Almighty says: The towns of Israel will again overflow with prosperity, and the LORD will again comfort Zion and choose Jerusalem as his own.’ “ NLT

 Let’s Examine What This Scripture Promises

1.     It is Yahweh Sabaoth, the Lord of heaven’s armies who is speaking, intimating a time of war.

1.      His love for Jerusalem remains passionate and strong.

2.     God will be very angry with the nations that mistreat Israel and Jerusalem. His anger will be manifested.

3.     God wished to judge Israel using the nations (Goyim) but the nations treated Israel far worse than they ever deserved.

4.     God will return to show mercy to Israel.

5.     His temple will be re-built in Jerusalem.

6.     Jerusalem will be re-built.

7.     God will again choose Jerusalem as uniquely His own city.

8.     The towns of Israel will overflow with prosperity.

Psa 69:35-36
35 For God will save Jerusalem and rebuild the towns of Judah. His people will live there and take possession of the land.
36 The descendants of those who obey him will inherit the land, and those who love him will live there in safety. 
NLT

Israel is currently living under an enormously  serious threat of total annihilation made by Iran, Egypt and several other Muslim nations. The threat has been announced many times by Iran’s leadership  and has the full support of Israel’s closest neighbors. Numerous other nations (like the US and UK) are giving tacit approval to a plan for a Palestinian State that would surround Israel on every side.  It is a threat that would give Israel huge problems in terms of adequate defense and definitely should not be ignored or underestimated. A senior member of the Palestinian Authority parliament recently broadcast a very ominous message regarding Arab sentiments concerning Israel.